There are plenty of budget compact cameras on the market, many of which cost under $100. Naturally enough, cameras at this end of the market aren’t going to come laden with features. That said all of the best compact cameras for under $100 should still be capable of delivering cracking pictures and, of course, for less than a hundred bucks it’s kind of hard to complain if your camera doesn’t have built-in GPS and Wi-Fi.
Given the choice on offer choosing the best compact camera for under $100 might seem like a daunting task, and there are many questions you’ll want to ask yourself: which manufacturer would you prefer, what features do you really want, perhaps even what colours can you get it in? With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 cheap compact cameras for under $100 for those on a budget. All of the cameras on our list were readily available at the time of writing and cost less than $100. Read on to find out what our top five budget compact digital cameras costing less than £100 are.
During the past 10-12 months Nikon has flooded the compact market with what seems like an endless number of new models in order to increase its market presence at all price points. While the Coolpix S6150 sits at the budget end of things it offers an especially impressive feature set for the money, including touch-screen controls and a 7x optical zoom.
The S6150 is built around a 16MP CCD sensor and Nikon’s own EXPEED C2 image processor. On the front you’ll find a 7x optical zoom that offers the 35mm focal range equivalent of 28-196mm, which is pretty impressive for a sub-$100 compact. The S6150′s zoom further benefits from Nikon’s own lens-based anti-shake technology to help keep you images sharp at slower shutter speeds and longer focal lengths. Adding to the general impression of quality is the 3in, 460k-dot LCD monitor – it’s unusual to see screen resolutions much above 230k-dots at this price, so Nikon scores especially highly here.
The LS465 is unashamedly aimed at young, fashionable snappers about town looking for an easy-to-use compact. Stylistically, the big selling point with the LS465 is that it comes supplied with a set of 12 removable front covers that easily snap into place. This essentially allows you to accessorise the camera to suit either your personality or perhaps even to colour co-ordinate with your wardrobe.
At its heart the LS465 employs a 16MP CCD sensor, while offering a standard sensitivity range of ISO 64-1600, expandable (but best avoided) up to ISO 6400. In addition to still images, the LS465 can also record 720p HD movies.
Wherever you go, the new VG-160 is your uncomplicated friend for shooting simply fantastic photos! This extraordinary slim compact camera makes it quick and easy to record high-quality still photos and movies in everyday situations. It comes with a wide optical zoom lens, powerful Digital Image Stabilisation and 14 Megapixels for brilliant images and movies without annoying blurs.
The Fujifilm AX550 makes it easy to take great photos. The AX550 features a 16-megapixel CCD sensor that captures large, high quality images. Also, a precision Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens brings the action closer, and a bright 2.7″ LCD makes shooting and viewing a snap. The AX550 also features the convenience of AA battery operation. These features and more make the AX550 a simple to use value solution for the everyday picture taker.
Capture super framable picture quality and 720p HD video with ease. Use the 14.1-megapiexl sensor, 5x optical zoom, and 360-degree Sweep Panorama mode to create breathtaking images or record crisp action and sound in 720p HD video, even when zooming. Make taking pictures even more fun with picture effects, like toy camera and pop color mode. View everything on a generously sized 2.7″ Clear Photo LCD screen, even in bright sunlight. Get great shots thanks to iAuto mode, Face Detection and Smile Shutter technologies, as well as anti-blink, face priority and red-eye reduction function.